• Two Blacksmiths Working the Bellows
    Two Blacksmiths Working the Bellows
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bellows a mechanical device that blows a strong current of air; used to make a fire burn more fiercely or to sound a musical instrument
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Ox Bellowed and Run Away 382 The Ox Bellowed and Run Away 382

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. sing. & pl Bellows An instrument, utensil, or machine, which, by alternate expansion and contraction, or by rise and fall of the top, draws in air through a valve and expels it through a tube for various purposes, as blowing fires, ventilating mines, or filling the pipes of an organ with wind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bellows An instrument or machine for producing a current of air: principally used for blowing fire, either in private dwellings or in forges, furnaces, mines, etc.; also used in organs for producing the current of air by which the pipes and reeds are sounded. It consists essentially of an air-chamber which can be alternately expanded and contracted, and a nozle by which the current of air can be directed. When the air-chamber is expanded, air is admitted through a valve opening inward. The pressure produced by the contraction of the air-chamber closes this valve, and leaves the nozle the only available avenue of escape for the air in the chamber. Bellows are made in many different forms, a usual one being the small hand-bellows, an ornamented example of which is shown in the cut, used for promoting the combustion of a house-fire. Bellows of great power are called blowing-machines, and are operated by machinery driven by steam.
    • bellows In photography, that part of a camera which connects the front and back portions and is capable of being extended or closed as desired.
    • bellows In organ-building, the extensive apparatus by which air is supplied and compressed for the sounding of the pipes. It usually includes two distinct parts, an oblique bellows, or feeder (resembling the ordinary household bellows, but on a large scale), by which the air is pumped into the reservoir, and a reservoir, called the storage-bellows, which is a horizontal bellows (having its top and bottom boards parallel and connected by creased folds of leather) so loaded by blocks of lead or other weights that the air within is maintained at a constant compression or tension. From the reservoir lead off the wind-trunks by which the compressed air is supplied to all parts of the instrument. Furthermore, on the wind-trunks are usually placed small bellows with springs, called concussion-bellows, panting-bellows, or winkers, by which sudden irregularities in pressure are taken up and counteracted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bellows bel′lōz or bel′lus an instrument for producing a current of air so as to blow up a fire, either in a kitchen, a furnace, or a forge—or for producing the current of air by which the pipes and reeds of an organ are sounded:
    • Bellows bel′lōz or bel′lus, an instrument for producing a current of air so as to blow up a fire, either in a kitchen, a furnace, or a forge—or for producing the current of air by which the pipes and reeds of an organ are sounded:
    • Bellows bel′lōz or bel′lus (fig.) that which fans the fire of hatred, jealousy, &c.: the lungs.
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  • Proverb
    “He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows. He breathes, but does not live.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bely, below, belly, bellows, AS. bælg, bælig, bag, bellows, belly. Bellows is prop. a pl. and the orig. sense is bag. See Belly
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same as Belly (q.v.); now used only in pl., the sing. not having survived the 15th century.


In literature:

Mr. Bellows soon decided what to do.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862" by Various
Then, for the first time, the young officer, hearing the sullen bellow of the cattle and the thunder of the hoofs, turned and followed Ted.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
He therefore fell across the pavement on his stomach and bellowed.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Outside could be heard the sound of a bellowing bull!
"Pocket Island" by Charles Clark Munn
Instantly there was a mix-up, with bellowing, plunging steers all about him.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
Accordingly, they repaired to the choir loft, got the bellows-blower away, and started in to give the Master a surprise.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
And Dr. Bellows'll be sure to ask for it.
"The Flutter of the Goldleaf; and Other Plays" by Olive Tilford Dargan and Frederick Peterson
There's a difference between a fan bellows and an ordinary bellows.
"The Drone" by Rutherford Mayne
Trench's ex-Marine bellow carried over the fighting.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
The rain still continued, however, as did also the bellowings inside the iceberg.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens

In poetry:

The Dragon's breath sizzled he'd put out the fire,
Our family are all clever fellows!
Then so as that owd Dragon can't blow up more fire,
With his big spear he punctures his bellows.
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
The Sassenach screamed, and the Sassenach danced;
He shrieked in his agony - bellowed and pranced;
And the maidens who gathered rejoiced at the scene -
"Ellen McJones Aberdeen" by William Schwenck Gilbert
They ripped and they hewed and they, sweating imbrued,
Volleyed and bellowed and thundered;
There was nothing to do until these yawpers got through,
So the rest of us waited and wondered.
"The Blue And Gray" by Eugene Field
The boisterous stream stood suddenly still, though
accustom’d to foam and to bellow; And, fearless, the trout
play’d along with the pike, and the pike play’d with him as
his fellow.
"Elvir Hill (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
The well-informed philosopher
Rejoices with a wholesome fear,
And hopes in spite of pain;
If winter bellow from the north,
Soon the sweet spring comes dancing forth,
And nature laughs again.
"Horace. Book II. Ode X. " by William Cowper
God let me fall from His hand
One day at His forge when the elemental world
Was shaping. I am but a breath from His great bellows,
But here among the workshops of mankind
I am a fateful scourge.
"The Tornado" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove

In news:

Bellows encounters in the plasma garden live on BSR 5.7.2009.
Bellows built a career resuscitating underdog newspapers in New York, Washington and Los Angeles.
Court won't hear psychologist in Bellows Falls child porn case.
National Manufacturing Week Booth #3330 Micro Miniature Electrodeposited Nickel Bellows have diameters as small as 0.02 in.
The micro bellows can bend, compress, cycle, and are helium leak-tight.
This completely sealed protective bellows design is air tight, dust tight, and light tight.
Saul Bellow, Who Breathed Life Into American Novel, Dies at 89.
Saul Bellow, creator of larger-than-life fictional characters, in 2001.
Saul Bellow's Gift Edward Rothstein, a cultural critic for The New York Times, discusses the career of Saul Bellow.
Featured Author: A Retrospective on Saul Bellow.
Bellows scratching the wrong itch bellows.
Then visualize a hefty bellows inserted into it from behind, with a gorilla hopping up and down on the contraption, causing the huge dog's baglike corpse to twitch spasmodically, wheeze and croak.
Al Bellow/Getty Images Tim Tebow runs against Texans.
Features include zero-leak, triple-seal construction, forged steel construction and stainless steel bellows.
TLV's BE3L bellows seal globe valves for steam service are suitable for steam, hot water and heat transfer fluid applications.

In science:

This penetration has to be compensated by the bellows.
Power coupling
This result, as we will see bellow, is a natural consequence of the oscillatory behavior of the density-matrix coherences.
Exact dynamics of single qubit gate fidelities under the measurement-based quantum computation scheme
This provides a minimum extension such that the requirements third to five bellow are fulfilled.
Geometry of generalized higher order fields. Applications to classical linear electrodynamics
One of the non-trivial results that we will show bellow is that there is a notion of horizontal exterior derivative, for which definition we need a connection on J k 0 (M ), although such notion is equivariant.
Geometry of generalized higher order fields. Applications to classical linear electrodynamics
The body of accordion consists of two boxes joined together by the bellows.
Music in Terms of Science